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“Finally!! A decent gastro pub in the area!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Vineyard Restaurant

The Vineyard Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Lamberhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $116
Cuisines: Bar, European, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Finally!! A decent gastro pub in the area!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Having been so dissapointing by the predessor, I didn't hold out much hope. A Monday night supper with friends was a very pleasent surprise. Everything; decor, ambiance, service and food & wine has been catapulted into the upper end of pub dining. It could not have been a more welcome change. So delighted, I decided to return with my family (inc. two small boys) for a Saturday lunch. Service standards slipped very slightly as the pub was packed and staff were clearly doing their best to manage a constant stream of 'walk-ins' (thankfully I had booked) However, we were treated with the same curtious service as I had been a few days before for an adults-only group and the food was excellent, with the exception of my husbands steak which was well cooked but on the measly side. Staff were very apologetic for forgetting my coffee, getting a drinks order wrong and for the slower service, which compared to most pubs in the area, was still exceptional.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PoloGirl07
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English first
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“So close to being a five star review”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Everything conspired to make Sunday lunch at The Vineyard a wonderful relaxing experience.

Easy to get to, plenty parking, nice local walks to burn off the big lunch, tastefully furnished and well laid out, good service, a varied menu with good use of local ingredients and cooked well. So why 4 stars instead of 5?

1. there was quite a long delay between the starter being cleared and the main course arriving with no explanation or apology
2. the main courses when they did arrive were not as hot as they could be. Not sufficient to send back to the kitchen but they had clearly been sitting somewhere after having been plated up in the kitchen
3. an inexcusable mistake on the bill. Surely it should have been noted that with only 4 diners it was wrong to charge for 5 main courses?

These comments are fairly minor but detract from the 5 star experience that The Vineyard otherwise would have been when all considered together. Don't get me wrong though - we'll all be going back.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Grapefan
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Kent
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“It's busy for a reason”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

The Vineyard was recommended as a great place to use as a base for some great walks. It really hit the spot. My partner and I booked for sunday lunch a few weeks ago (and just aswell we did because it was packed). We had the holloumi starter - which did seem a little underdone but nothing worth complaining about as it was followed by a lovely sunday roast and pleasant service in a really well thought out pub. Nothing was too much trouble for the serving staff and the gentleman (who we assume was the landlord/manager) was very helpful, efficient and friendly. They have maps of many local walks, one of which we took, bringing us back to the pub to collect our car. A great day out complimented by a great place to eat and drink. With so many pubs closing its telling which ones are surviving and why. I shall gladly pass on my recommendation to others for this place.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank checkthetoilets
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Perfect in every respect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

Was recommended this pub by a National Trust staf member after a fun day at Scotney Castle. And what a recommendation. The pub has been tastfully refurbished, without losing any character. The Manager was friendly and helpful. One of the locals helped carry our drinks to our table, you don't any friendlier than that! They had our favourite ale, Harvey's. So the ale was fantastic, now onto the food. Scillian olives were had while we perused the menu. What a different menu to any pubs I'd been to. Very imaginative. They even had Italian ham on the bone, which I've never seen in England. The whole food experience was a delight and we all were bowled over by the entire experience. Service was fantastic. No microwaves here. Good honest food, great service, fine ales, with a great landlord. All you could wish for from a Pub, if only more were like it. We will return even though its a 40 minute drive, its more than worth it.
Brilliant.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank raffles7
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Wadhurst, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Another good meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

We went last back last Friday (after recently havng a Sunday lunch there) for a meal with some friends and yet again it did not disappoint. Food was well cooked and we all enjoyed each course, shame they ran out of the Malbec as the alternative bottle of similarly priced French red we had at the end of the meal was not very good at all - to the extent the bottle was left unfinished. However - we could not fault the food and are going back again on Sunday with my parents and children. Please keep it up.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank unclescot
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